Kevin Durant sued over “Durantula”
In commercials and on the basketball court, Kevin Durant is a superhero!
But now, the NBA all-star is being vilified by a Chicago musician.
Mark Durante claims he uses the nickname “Durantula” as his stage and performance persona.
He’s now suing Durant Enterprises and Nike for undisclosed damages.
KFOR Legal Expert David Slane said, “The test for trademark infringement, will the consumer be confused? The idea that Kevin would sell guitars or this Mark Durante would sell basketballs is farfetched. I don’t see there being a real problem here.”
A representative for the Thunder forward said, “Kevin Durant has not authorized nor licensed the use of the “Durantula” mark to any company. Kevin does not use the term as a nickname and has no intention of doing so.”
Thunder fan, Kevin Gilmore thinks the suit is a feeble attempt to profit from Durant’s good name.
“I think this lawsuit is ridiculous. There is enough money to go around. He’s just trying to get publicity because nobody’s really heard of him. Hopefully is career will get going and he can make his own money instead of sucking the fame and fortune out of Kevin Durant,” Gilmore said.
Thunder #35 is not commenting about the lawsuit, instead focusing on Thursday night’s elimination game in the NBA finals.
Fan Bob Bellatti said, “I guarantee Kevin has more important things to worry about. We’ve got three games to we need to win. He’s got a lot on his plate, a lot on his mind and I know he can do it. But he doesn’t need to be dealing with this. That’s for sure.”
OKC Thunder fans are confident the “Durantula” lawsuit will ultimately be “rejected.”